10. Be Humble
- Say us more than me and we more than I in your tweets and you'll be just fine!
9. Build Trust
- Be honest, respectful and sincere to fellow tweeps. Follow the Golden Rule!
- People don't follow those they cannot trust
8. Have a Sense of Humor
- Twitter is fun- enjoy it!
- If you can't agree to this one go directly to #1 and double check :)
7. Follow Drama
- Twitter is not about how many followers you have- it's about developing relationships with people who you feel you can relate to and have something in common with.
- Don't feel pressured into following someone who follows you, or don't take it personal when someone you follow doesn't follow you back.
6. 24 Hour Rule
- Don't feel you have to respond to all tweets, blog posts or questions right away
- If you want to respond to something on twitter that you feel is important: take 24 hours to think about it, discuss with others if necessary and then respond-it should be no different than making an important decision in your daily job.
- If you feel someone has committed a personal foul aka "untwitterlike conduct" towards you via a tweet- take a deep breath and refrain from firing back an equally offensive response (remember: twitter is public-everyone will see what you tweet)
- Advice: type out a passion filled tirade on a word document, print it out, read it, rip it up and slam dunk it into the trash! Feel better?
- The teaching profession is isolated enough-twitter is a dialogue, not a monologue.
- When you feel comfortable begin to tweet your thoughts in a chat, join a twitter book club, share links, great things going on at your school, or comment on someones post or blog
- If you find great stuff make sure to give the owner credit.
- RT great tweets you think will benefit others
- Share links & blogs you find interesting and let the author know it
- When asking for advice or help make sure to thank people publicly on twitter. Also, take the time to thank people who RT your tweets and follow you.
- It's OK to occasionally let people know you have a pulse-sharing a proud family moment, or a great time you had on vacation, etc...
- You don't want someone on twitter to see you in a grocery store and act shocked because they thought you lived at school (oh forgot, that's what our students think :)